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About jackgoldstone

Hazel Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University

Brexit

I have not written a blog in some time — events crowd too quickly, today’s news is forgotten and overshadowed by the next jaw-dropping events, so how to blog about what’s already forgotten? Yet Brexit stays with us, the event … Continue reading

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Who is staging Trump’s actions?

Normally, preparation for a major summit or international meeting is so tight and thorough that events are virtually scripted.  Every meeting, every interview, every utterance is planned in advance to ensure that they contribute to the desired outcome. Last week, … Continue reading

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Did the Supreme Court just send us back to the Middle Ages?

I am not a Constitutional  lawyer.  I am not an alarmist by nature.  What I am is a global historian and expert on democracy.   And by the standards of both history and democracy today’s ruling in Masterpiece Cake Shop vs. … Continue reading

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Why Immigration is a Necessity for the US, and reducing it is not an option

This week’s lengthy essay gets back to the origins of this blog site: the problems created by unbalanced population growth across the world’s regions.  This essay will be published in Spanish in La Vangardia in June; please do not quote … Continue reading

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The GOP Tax Cut: A Wrong-way turn?

Donald Trump and the GOP’s greatest victory has been their tax cut, aimed mainly at corporations and the rich, but promising to boost the entire economy. Yet this is increasingly looking like an own goal — and not just because … Continue reading

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Do Appearances Matter for Democracy to Survive?

The United States has the most durable, longest-lived democratic constitution in the world.  It has withstood the Civil War, two World Wars, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, two presidents’ impeachments, and one president’s resignation.  Why then should anyone worry … Continue reading

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China Plans to Lead the World

China has just completed its 19th National Communist Party Congress.   When China becomes the most powerful nation in the world ten to fifteen years hence, this Congress may well be seen as marking the turning point in China’s rise. This … Continue reading

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